DENVER — The Flyers have recalled speedy winger David Kase from the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and he will be in the lineup Wednesday night against talented Colorado, replacing injured Oskar Lindblom.
Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said he “wasn’t quite sure yet” about the seriousness of Lindblom’s upper-body injury.
Injuries to Lindblom and Travis Konecny (concussion), who share the team lead with 11 goals, have scrambled the Flyers’ lines for Wednesday’s game. Here is how they will look:
* Sean Couturier centering Claude Giroux and Jake Voracek.
* Kevin Hayes centering Scott Laughton and Joel Farabee.
* Morgan Frost centering James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Pitlick.
* Misha Vorobyev centering Kase and Chris Stewart.
Kase, 22, a fifth-round selection in the 2015 draft, had three goals and three assists in 21 games with the Phantoms this season. He is an undersized player who plays with a lot of grit.
Vigneault said reports from general manager Chuck Fletcher and Phantoms coach Scott Gordon, call Kase a solid two-way player “who brings a lot of energy and is a quick skater, a guy who gets in on the forecheck. They were really pleased with his progress. They’re a little bit like us right now. They have quite a few guys who are out, so on their list of guys who are playing well, he was the next guy on the list."
Kase (pronounced kayh-SHEH) will become the sixth Flyer to make his NHL debut this season. The others: Carsen Twarynski, Connor Bunnaman, Farabee, German Rubtsov, and Frost.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Kase served as the 2017 captain of the Czech Republic team in the World Juniors. He did not arrive in time for Wednesday’s morning skate in Denver.
Kase’s brother, Ondrej, is a 24-year-old winger with Anaheim who scored 20 goals for the Ducks in 2017-18.
Colorado’s Cale Makar, a 5-11, 187-pound defenseman who looks like a superstar in the making, will not face the Flyers on Wednesday.
He missed Monday’s game with what is believed to be a shoulder injury, suffered when checked by Boston’s Brad Marchand on Saturday.
Makar, 21, the heavy early favorite to win the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year, has eight goals, 28 points, and a plus-10 rating in 29 games this season.
In 2017, he was drafted No. 4 overall — after New Jersey took center Nico Hischier at No 1, the Flyers took center Nolan Patrick at No. 2, and Dallas took defenseman Miro Heiskanen at No. 3.
After being drafted, Makar was asked if he modeled his game after any NHL players.
“I would say a little bit of a mix between Erik Karlsson and Shayne Gostisbehere,” he told reporters. “I watched quite a bit of Gostisbehere coming out of college and noticed the deceptiveness from his game right away. I think that is one factor I have always had to my game. In terms of Erik Karlsson, we have very similar tendencies in the ways we break pucks out, join the rush and especially off the line."